American by Birth, Exceptional by Choice
Liberals are quick to name-call and accuse anyone who disagrees with them of being racist, prejudiced, or stupid. To the limited ultra-liberal thought process, these terms add up to only one thing: "conservative."
America the horrible. That's what the left seems to believe. They like only the parts they agree with and condemn everything else. I can't do that. I see America, warts and all. She isn't perfect, but she's the best and most prosperous, God-fearing, freedom-loving, independent nation the world has ever known. I love America, and I only feel sorry for anyone who doesn't.
After living in the belly of the D.C. Beast for six months, I've noticed that conversation here has a recurring theme. No matter what the problem is, it was always started by conservatives. No matter what the solution was supposed to be, it didn't work because of conservatives. Simple logic says liberals cannot possibly be right 100% of the time, and conservatives cannot possibly be wrong 100% of the time. No one is infallible...but therein lies the problem. Liberals really do believe they are infallible. It's incredible, and nauseating.
A conservative takes a practical view of government. As Thoreau said, "That government is best which governs least." It is, by our description, a necessary evil. We don't trust government because it grows like a cancer. Like a cancer, it seeks to devour its host. What on Earth has government ever done so successfully (aside from national defense) that would warrant such blind obedience by the left? Three branches. Split the power. The Founders knew. Do we?
Government's greatest accomplishment is made when the people are left alone to prosper. Reagan gave us a twenty-year economic boom that liberals called "selfish." It isn't what government has done that lures liberals. It's what they could make people do with all that power. I have never before heard in my lifetime so many liberal proposals at once that openly call for the forced imposition of their ideals upon the rest of us. Black, white, yellow, red, green, it doesn't matter. Economic destruction knows no color.
Only those who agree with them have the right to speak and be heard. When one has the power, the Constitution can be damned. Those who disagree must be shut down, ignored, or forcibly destroyed. Rules can be broken with impunity, aided by the chest-thumping bully-boys called the media. It is truly, truly frightening. Truth is twisted or suppressed entirely. Do the leftists honestly believe that half of the country has no right to speak or be heard, simply because we disagree with them? How can they possibly reconcile that in their mind? How can they reconcile that with the First Amendment? What if the shoe were on the other foot?
In conversations with liberals (those conversations that do not immediately devolve into a liberal shouting epithets at me at the top of his lungs), I am constantly reminded of how the famous liberal claim to "tolerance" does not extend to viewpoints other than liberals' own. The current battle to raise the country's "credit limit" is only the most ridiculous example of government by acquiescence. Obama has proven that he is utterly divorced from America's reality. He is not the least bit interested in Main Street. We cannot allow the Petulant Child and his cronies in the Senate another term to pillage, plunder, and destroy what is left of our national wealth.
The most shocking conundrum is that liberals still blame Republicans, Bush, and everyone but themselves for the financial disaster we are now in. "It had to be done to fix the mess Bush started!" Regurgitation of its own dogma is liberalism's greatest feat. If Bush spending $1 trillion really was the problem, how can spending $16 trillion more possibly make it better?
Can liberals really, really be so naïve as to believe there can never be a day of reckoning -- a day when we can no longer "print" ourselves out of financial trouble because the world no longer worships the U.S. dollar? Do they not recall that the world once turned on British Sterling?
We had two wars under Bush. We have six under Obama. The House whimpers, "Liberalism, most foul." The Senate orders another round. The Congress surrenders constitutional authority without a fight, and we see Liberty die. The polls now show that independents and many more who followed the Pied Piper in 2008 have awakened. They are not happy with the results. Welcome to the party, fellas. Better late than never.
Exceptionalism, thy name is America. It is our belief in ourselves and who we are that makes us great. We do not think we are cut from a different cloth; we know we are. We were born in the Great Experiment. We were born in blood from Divine Providence above. Lexington, Saratoga, Monmouth, Cowpens, Guilford Courthouse, Yorktown, Gettysburg, Belleau Wood, D-Day, Midway, The Bulge, Iwo Jima, Apollo 1, Apollo 13, Kuwait, 9/11.
Even in tragedy, we grow our national character. To see ourselves, we need look in a mirror and open our eyes. There is our true hope. To rebuild, we need only look to ourselves and to our children. Poverty or plenty. It is not a difficult choice to make.
We must teach our children to recognize liberal conditioning when they see it. It is in television, advertising, and movies, and even in the cartoons they watch. They must be taught to recognize assumptions presented as fact and question the "authority" that suggests it. Then we must stand up for them against liberal teachers who fail them over idealism, not content.
It is critical that we help our children learn to recognize truth, to steer them through the rocks with their convictions intact so they may choose for themselves. Teach them to lead, not follow. Teach them to investigate, to research, and to seek many sources, not just one. Teach them how to truly learn, and for heaven's sake, teach them to read a real book instead of play Nintendo.
We have already seen the dangerous result when one pathetically lonely child is poisoned by minds fueled with jealousy, envy, and hate. We've seen what happens when the unscrupulous reach the pinnacle of power. We all pay the price.